Before this year’s conference had come to an end, you’d voted overwhelmingly to meet next year in Niagara Falls, NY. Make sure you reserve the dates – September 20-22, 2011 – and pass the information on to your executive team and your colleagues in other operations departments. From a learning perspective, our 2011 User Conference will be more important than ever. TheWorxHub will be almost a year old and there’ll be lots of information to share.
One of the most beautiful wonders of the world, Niagara Falls may also be the perfect place to extend your conference into a mini vacation. Although we’ll host the conference in the US, the cities of Niagara Falls on both sides of the border have so much to offer families, couples, and the solo traveler.
If you’re looking for something a little different, Niagara-on-the-Lake is a picturesque village only ten minutes from Niagara Falls, Ontario, on the Canadian side of the border. It is Norman Rockwell picturesque, with heritage homes dating back to the early 1880s, fine restaurants, fabulous shopping, a famous festival theatre, and many wineries within a few minutes’ drive, including those owned by Canadians Mike Weir, Wayne Gretzky, and Dan Ackroyd. Highly recommended are the wine tasting tours, where you can sample some of the most outstanding wines grown in the region.
Run, walk, bike, or simply stroll along the scenic paths that overlook the Niagara River. Or, for those of you who would like to do some recreational fishing, you can put your pole in the water and catch perch, walleye, and other game fish not far along the shore of Lake Erie, in Port Dover.
If you are a history buff, there is a great deal to see in the region. Famous battles were fought in the war of 1812. From the US side of the Niagara River, you can see Fort George, which defended the Canadians. From the Canadian side of the river, you can see Fort Lewiston, which guarded the entrance to the Niagara River from Lake Ontario in the US. The Battle of Queenston Heights is honored with a monument to General George Brock, who led the Canadians, and was killed in the battle. Each year, at Fort Lewiston, on the weekend that celebrates both Canada Day on July 1 and American Independence Day on July 4, there is a reenactment of the War of 1812, with authentic period dress, tools, arts, and crafts. Throughout the year, there are permanent displays at both Fort Lewiston and Fort George. The region also played an important role in the Underground Railroad before the American Civil War.
If you’re looking for an urban experience, Toronto is just an hour and a half away. Home to people from over 100 different countries, you can find authentic Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Caribbean, Asian cuisine, and more, in the city. Toronto’s theatre district stages productions that are also seen on Broadway and in London’s West End. The Royal Ontario Museum and the Art Gallery of Ontario are a must-see for the architecture alone. Plus there are many unique tourist sites such as Casa Loma and the CN Tower. If you have time, you could even take in a ball game at the Rogers Centre, rain or shine, thanks to the retractable roof.
We look forward to seeing you in Niagara Falls, NY next year, and hope you’ll be able to take some time before or after the conference to explore this beautiful region.
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